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Doctoral Program

Doctoral Program

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Human Services offers the Ph.D. degree with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. The doctoral program in Communication Disorders is designed to develop the scientific and cognitive skills needed to identify and independently study important questions concerning human communication. In pursuit of these goals, students engage actively in research and teaching. The doctoral program emphasizes a student-centered approach to doctoral education. Students participate in research throughout their program and are closely supervised in their research and teaching experiences. The curriculum is individually designed to meet students’ educational needs and professional goals.

 The program is designed to develop basic and analytical knowledge in:

(a) the sciences of normal speech and language

(b) disorders of speech and language

(c) related disciplines providing insight into human communication as well as to develop:

(d) research and technical skills in instrumentation and research methodologies

(e) dissemination of information via oral and written means

Combined M.S.-Ph.D. Program

In addition to the typical doctoral program, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has a combined M.S.-Ph.D. program. This program is tailor-made to the student and does not compromise the requirements for either the clinical master’s or the doctoral degree. The master’s portion of this program is with thesis.

  • The typical interval to complete both the master’s and doctoral programs is five years, and it is funded for 5 years if the student continues to qualify.  If the student desires to become complete a Clinical Fellowship Year during this program, the duration of the program may be longer.
  • The first year of studies is similar to the other master’s students’ courses.
  • In the fall semester of the second year of the master’s program, the student is assigned a masters/doctoral TDP committee and begins to participate in doctoral courses and activities as well as continue with the master’s programming.
  • This program is advantageous to the bachelor’s degree student aspiring to the doctoral degree.

Areas of study

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at BGSU offers doctoral programs that are customized based on the interests of the student and the expertise of the faculty.  Please consult individual faculty pages and contact the graduate coordinator with any doctoral program inquiries.

Current Doctoral Students

  • Srihimaja Nandamudi
    • Speech Science
    • Advisor: Ronald Scherer, Ph.D.
  • Siva Priya Santhanam
    • Child language development and disorders, autism spectrum disorders
    • Advisor: Lynne Hewitt, Ph.D. 
  • Jason Whitfield
    • Motor speech disorders, speech science, neuroscience, medical aspects of communication disorders, Parkinson's disease
    • Advisor: Alexander Goberman, Ph.D. 
  • Elizabeth Witter
    • Pediatric language development and disorders, language acquisition of hearing impaired children
    • Advisor: Tim Brackenbury, Ph.D.

Recent Doctoral Program Graduates

  • Sabiha Parveen (2013)
    • Dissertation: Perception of speech and non-speech motor performance by individuals with Parkinson disease and their communication partners: Comparison of perceptual ratings, quality of life ratings and objective measures
    • Advisor: Alexander Goberman, Ph.D. 
  • Stephanie Richards (2013)
    • Literacy
    • Advisor: Lauren Katz, Ph.D.
  • Elina Banzina(2012)
    • Second language speech perception and production, particularly with respect to prosody, and accent modification for second language learners
    • Advisor: Lynne Hewitt, Ph.D.
  • Ramya Konnai(2012)
    • Dissertation: Whisper and phonation: Aerodynamic comparisons across adduction and loudness levels
    • Advisor: Ron Scherer, Ph.D.
  • Charles Hughes (2011)
    • Dissertation: The Perceptions of Adolescents who Stutter Regarding Communication with their Parents
    • Advisor: Rod Gabel, Ph.D.
  • Eric Swartz (2011)
    • Dissertation: Coping with Stuttering 
    • Advisor: Rod Gabel, Ph.D.
  • Emily Rusnak (2011)
    • Dissertation: Addressing the Effects of Poverty on Early Language Development: A Feasibility Study for a Novel Parent Language Stimulation Program
    • Advisor: Tim Brackenbury, Ph.D.
  • Farzan Irani (2010)
    • Dissertation: A mixed-methods approach to evaluating treatment outcomes for an eclectic approach to intensive stuttering therapy 
    • Advisor: Rod Gabel, Ph.D.
  • Scott Palasik (2010)
    • Dissertation: Development and implementation of implicit association tests for perceptions toward stuttering speakers and fluent speakers 
    • Advisor: Rod Gabel, Ph.D.
  • Stephanie Hughes (2008)
    • Dissertation: Exploring attitudes toward people who stutter: A mixed model approach 
    • Advisor: Rod Gabel, Ph.D. 
  • Biji Alice Phillip (2008)
    • Dissertation: Conversational repair ability of adolescents with autism spectrum disorders 
    • Advisor: Lynne Hewitt, Ph.D.
  • Derek Daniels (2007)
    • Dissertation: Recounting the school experiences of adults who stutter: A qualitative analysis.
    • Advisor: Rod Gabel, Ph.D.
  • Vijayachandra A. Ramachandra (2007)
    • Dissertation: The relationship between phonological working memory, phonological sensitivity, and incidental word learning.
    • Advisor: Lynne Hewitt, Ph.D.
  • Ali S. Abu-Al-Makarem (2005)
    • Dissertation: The acoustics of fricative consonants in Gulf Spoken Arabic
    • Advisor: Don Cooper, Ph.D.
  • Christine Gooding (2005)
    • Dissertation: Lexical ambiguity resolution in children: Frequency and context effects.
    • Advisor: Larry Small, Ph.D.
  • Meena Argawal (2004)
    • Dissertation: The false vocal folds and their effect on translaryngeal airflow resistance
    • Advisor: Ron Scherer, Ph.D.
  • Paul Evitts (2004)
    • Dissertation: Reaction time of normal listeners to laryngeal, alaryngeal, and synthetic speech
    • Advisor: Jeff Searl, Ph.D.
  • Nandhakumar Radhakrishnan (2004)
    • Dissertation: Voice production during taan gestures in Indian classical singing
    • Advisor: Ron Scherer, Ph.D.